Vols Outlast Texas A&M In Longest Game In UT History

Vols Win In Four Overtimes, 93-85

Sunday, February 24, 2013

COLLEGE STATION, Texas -- In the longest game in Tennessee basketball history, the Vols extended their winning streak to five games with an epic 93-85 four-overtime win at Texas A&M on Saturday afternoon in the first game between the teams as conference foes.

Trae Golden tallied a career-high 32 points while Jarnell Stokes posted his 12th double-double of the season with 20 points and 16 rebounds. Jordan McRae scored 23.

Tennessee (16-10, 8-6 SEC) outscored Texas A&M, 14-6, in the fourth overtime, including an 11-1 run to start the fourth extra session.

Golden had 15 of his 32 points in the overtimes.

Four Vols scored in double-figures, including three with 20 or more points as Skylar McBee added 12. The last time the Vols had three players score 20 or more in a game was Feb. 5, 2008 vs. Florida: Chris Lofton (26), JaJuan Smith (23) and Tyler Smith (23).

Elston Turner led the Aggies with a game-high 38 points. The Aggies are now 16-11 overall and 6-8 in the SEC.

The five-game win streak is the Vols' longest since a seven-game win streak to start the 2010-11 season. The last time the Vols win five or more SEC games in row was in 2007-08, when Tennessee ripped off eight conference wins in a row was from Jan. 26-Feb. 20, 2008.

The win was also the Vols' third in a row on the road, coming on the heels of an 0-6 start on the road. It is a similar situation as last season, when the Vols start 0-7 on the road before winning three of their last four away games.



The Vols are now 4-0 all-time in games that have gone three or four overtimes, winning the previous three-overtime games. The last time the Vols played a game that went three overtimes was Dec. 12, 1979, a 79-78 win over Alabama.

 

In the fourth overtime, Golden's jumper with 2:39 left gave the Vols an 83-80 lead. Golden's floater with 2:01 on the clock gave UT an 85-80 lead. Skylar McBee's corner 3-pointer with 1:10 left sealed the game, putting the Vols ahead 88-80. McBee added two free throws with 52 seconds left for a 90-80 lead, finishing an 11-1 spurt.

In the third overtime, Stokes' putback with two minutes left, put the Vols ahead, 79-77. That basket gave the Vols a lead for the first time in any of the extra sessions. Jarod Johns tied the game at 79 all with nine seconds left. The Aggies had the ball as time ran out in the third overtime, but weren't able to get a shot off and the teams were headed to a fourth overtime.

Golden tied the game at 75, with a runner with 17.9 left in the second overtime. The Vols played great defense as Josh Richardson got a piece of Elston Turner's jumper as time expired, sending the game to the third overtime.

Elston Turner hit two jumpers for the first four points of the second overtime, giving A&M a 73-69 lead. Golden knocked down a corner 3-pointer with 2:23 on the clock to bring UT within one at 73-72.

Elston Turner converted a 3-point play with 1:56 left in the first overtime putting A&M ahead 66-64. Fabyon Harris made two free throws with 25.1 on the clock for the game's first two-possession lead in 12 minutes, 68-64. Golden drove for a quick layup with 17.7 left, bringing the Vols back within two, 68-66. J'Mychal Reese missed one of two free throws with 16.1 left making it 69-66.

McRae canned a 3-pointer with 7.9 seconds left to tie the game at 69 all. Elston Turner missed a jumper as time expired in the first overtime. That led to the second overtime.

A&M's Reese missed a 3-pointer as the clock expired sending the teams to the first overtime.

Battling several Aggies, Stokes grabbed a rebound off a McRae 3-pointer with 5.9 seconds left. He was fouled by Alex Caruso, sending him to the foul line, where he made the first shot and missed the second. That rebound gave Stokes his double-double.

Golden rimmed in two free throws with 42.3 left in the second half to put Tennessee ahead, 61-60. Ray Turner responded with his first basket of the game on a layup with 26.5 seconds left to regain the Aggies' lead at 62-61.

The lead changed hands four times in a minute span from 5:38 to 4:38 as the Aggies held a 56-55 lead after a pair of free throws by Turner. A&M took a 3-point lead (58-55) on a Harris jumper with 4:03 left in the second half.

The game was separated by one possession for the final 7:44 of regulation.

The Vols went more than eight minutes without a field goal before Golden knocked down a 3-pointer with 7:44 left in the second half, brining UT within one, 50-49. During that span, the Vols missed field goals in a row with the last basket being McBee's second 3-pointer with 16:06 left. Despite the drought, the Vols were only outscored by five points during that period of time.

Tennessee started the first half in awful fashion, but they turned the tables at the start of in the second half. The Vols took their first lead of the game two minutes into the final frame as Skylar McBee hit his first 3-pointer of the game to put UT up 34-33. His second trifecta of the game put the Vols ahead 41-37 with 16 minutes left in regulation.

Down by as many as nine points early in the game, Tennessee rallied to within three at halftime on a Golden runner as time expired for a 31-28 Aggie lead at intermission. Golden and McRae each had nine in the first half. Elston Turner led A&M's charge with 12 first-half points.

Being down three at half was quite an accomplishment as the Vols had just two points in the first 7:23 of the game; shot just 32.1 from the floor and were outrebounded 21-14.

A Golden 3-pointer off a feed from McRae brought the Vols within one at 25-24 with 3:26 left in the half.

Tennessee started 0-of-8 from the floor and was scoreless until a McRae jumper with 5:38 elapsed in the first half. Texas A&M scored the game's eight points.

The Vols return home to host No. 5 Florida on Tuesday night at 9 p.m.That game airs on ESPN and can be heard on the Vol Network.

Tennessee Head Coach Cuonzo Martin

Opening statement

"That was a fun game to be a part of, I guess that is easier to say when you're coming from the winning side but I thought both teams fought hard both teams competed. Guys showed a lot of grit and toughness to compete in an atmosphere like this against a physical team. I thought we really accepted the challenge in all the overtimes, I think we held them to 30% in each the overtimes. So, that's a tremendous effort on the defensive side of the ball, just really locking down and making plays. Being down on the road, I think in every half except the last one, we just found a way to make stops and make big plays. I thought our guards did a great job really attacking the rim and Jarnell (Stokes) was really good setting screens."

On what Trae (Golden) did to help the game

"The thing about Trae is that he can attack. Anytime you shoot the ball and attack the rim and you have a presence like Jarnell (Stokes) around all these other big guys it really helps, because he will get the ball on the other side. But, Trey makes free-throws so you can't be as aggressive defensively, as you would like because he can make free-throws. I just thought he was very aggressive, very assertive; he won't lose this game, he didn't want to give up."

Tennessee Forward Jarnell Stokes

On fatigue
"I'm tired but I am glad we won; that's all that matters. I wasn't worried about being fatigued. Trae (Golden) and Jordan (McRae) were going and we just wanted to get ball screens through them; it worked out for us."

Texas A&M Head Coach Billy Kennedy

Opening statement

"I am disappointed for our guys. We obviously had some opportunities to win, but we didn't get it done. We had some lay-ups early on that you have to make to beat a good Tennessee team. You got to give Tennessee credit, they made some plays and they drove the ball well late in the game and made a big 3-pointer to hurt us in the end."

On having four overtimes with four opportunities to win

"We have won some games like this, sometimes it just balances out. We had some good looks and we had some good opportunities, we just didn't get it done. To their credit, they made a couple big plays when they had to; the 3-point shot with nine seconds left to go, was a big shot. Usually teams try to attack the basket and score quick, but that kid made a tough and big shot."

On double/triple teaming Elston

"We really needed someone else to make a play. I thought J'Mychal (Reese) did some good things, but it really hurt us not having Alex (Caruso) because he makes plays for us, offensively, just his presence on the offensive end would have helped. Late, when so many guys fouled out, our post guys had a hard time with (Jarnell) Stokes; he is a very good player."

Texas A&M Guard Elston Turner

On being bothered by Tennessee's double-teaming

"No, not really. We did a good job of moving the ball. We were making it work on defense until the last 10 seconds. We threw some shots in the last couple seconds that we missed but that's just how the game goes. I have never been a part of a game like that. It was a fun game, but we definitely needed to make some extra plays to come out with a win."

On fourth overtime fatigue

"Yeah, I think that's was a problem for everybody a little bit, we had players foul out and players that sat on the bench and had to get warm in crucial moments; I think it was a problem for both teams."

Texas A&M Guard J'Mychal Reese

On being more assertive during the game

"I was just being more aggressive, if I had an open shot I would take it. I would try to get in the lane and make things happen."

Official Basketball Box Score
Tennessee vs Texas A&M
02/23/13 3:00 PM at Reed Arena (College Station, TX)


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VISITORS: Tennessee 16-10; 8-6 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
01 Richardson,Josh..... *  1-7    0-2    0-0    1  4  5   4   2  4  0  2  0  43
04 Moore,Armani........ *  0-1    0-0    0-0    0  0  0   4   0  0  0  0  0  15
05 Stokes,Jarnell...... *  6-13   0-0    8-15   8  8 16   4  20  0  3  4  1  53
11 Golden,Trae......... *  9-20   3-7   11-12   2  4  6   4  32  4  5  0  0  56
52 McRae,Jordan........ *  8-22   3-6    4-6    1  4  5   4  23  4  6  0  0  56
00 Makanjuola,Yemi.....    0-1    0-0    0-0    0  1  1   0   0  0  0  0  0   5
13 McBee,Skylar........    3-4    3-4    3-4    1  6  7   2  12  0  0  0  1  48
20 Hall,Kenny..........    0-1    0-0    0-0    1  1  2   1   0  0  0  1  0   9
24 Lopez,Brandon.......    0-0    0-0    0-0    1  0  1   1   0  0  1  0  0   2
31 Chievous,Quinton....    1-1    1-1    1-2    0  3  3   2   4  0  3  0  0  12
32 Edwards,D'Montre....    0-1    0-1    0-0    0  0  0   0   0  0  0  0  0   1
   TEAM................                         3  4  7
   Totals..............   28-71  10-21  27-39  18 35 53  26  93 12 18  7  2 300


TOTAL FG% 1st Half:  9-28 32.1%   2nd Half:  9-20 45.0%   OT: 10-23 43.5%   Game: 39.4%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  4-8  50.0%   2nd Half:  3-6  50.0%   OT:  3-7  42.9%   Game: 47.6%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  6-11 54.5%   2nd Half: 13-16 81.3%   OT:  8-12 66.7%   Game: 69.2%    6



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HOME TEAM: Texas A&M 16-11; 6-8 SEC
                          TOT-FG  3-PT         REBOUNDS
## Player Name            FG-FGA FG-FGA FT-FTA OF DE TOT PF  TP  A TO BLK S MIN
11 Reese,J'Mychal...... *  5-15   1-3    4-6    0  6  6   1  15  1  3  0  1  47
21 Caruso,Alex......... *  2-3    0-1    0-0    0  2  2   5   4  4  1  0  2  19
31 Turner,Elston....... * 16-33   1-5    5-5    0  3  3   1  38  3  1  1  1  58
32 Roberson,Kourtney... *  1-2    0-0    1-2    2  1  3   4   3  1  3  0  0  20
35 Turner,Ray.......... *  1-6    0-0    2-2    1  7  8   5   4  0  0  1  1  34
00 Young,Andrew........    1-5    0-0    0-0    1  3  4   5   2  0  0  1  1  23
12 Harris,Fabyon.......    5-11   1-2    2-2    0  4  4   2  13  1  4  0  1  51
13 Green,Jordan........    1-1    0-0    1-1    1  0  1   0   3  0  1  0  0   6
42 Jahns,Jarod.........    1-2    0-0    1-2    4  3  7   5   3  0  0  0  1  42
   TEAM................                         3  1  4             1
   Totals..............   33-78   3-11  16-20  12 30 42  28  85 10 14  3  8 300


TOTAL FG% 1st Half: 14-26 53.8%   2nd Half: 11-25 44.0%   OT:  8-27 29.6%   Game: 42.3%  DEADB
3-Pt. FG% 1st Half:  1-6  16.7%   2nd Half:  1-3  33.3%   OT:  1-2  50.0%   Game: 27.3%   REBS
F Throw % 1st Half:  2-3  66.7%   2nd Half:  8-8  100 %   OT:  6-9  66.7%   Game: 80.0%    3



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Officials: Bruce Benedict, John Hampton, Patrick Evans
Technical fouls: Tennessee-None. Texas A&M-None.
Attendance: 7828
Score by Periods                1st  2nd   OT  OT2  OT3  OT4   Total
Tennessee.....................   28   34    7    6    4   14  -   93
Texas A&M.....................   31   31    7    6    4    6  -   85

Points in the paint-UT 24,TAMU 28. Points off turnovers-UT 16,TAMU 23.
2nd chance points-UT 17,TAMU 10. Fast break points-UT 6,TAMU 4.
Bench points-UT 16,TAMU 21. Score tied-10 times. Lead changed-11 times.
Last FG-UT OT4-01:13, TAMU OT4-00:26.
Largest lead-UT by 10 OT4-00:52, TAMU by 9 1st-13:29.

 

(E-mail Stan Crawley at wscrawley@earthlink.net)


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